Botanic Gardens food for all
Botanic Gardens has always been a popular spot for families to have a picnic at on a weekend afternoon. If you are feeling lazy and don’t want to whip up a meal, there are many hidden food gems nearby as well. From spots for your romantic date to cheap food for students on a budget, here is a list of Botanic Gardens food places that will be able to fill you up.
1. Fat Belly and Sugarhaus
Fat Belly and Sugarhaus are two eateries that share the same location. However, the former opens at night, while the latter opens during the day. For a special occasion, go to Fat Belly with your loved ones for steaks such as Wagyu Marble Score 7-9 Denver Steak ($48++) and 150-day Grain Fed Angus Flat Iron Steak ($22++). If you are a fan of desserts, head down to Sugarhaus during the day for their signature cake – The Galaxy ($8++). This galaxy cake comes with raspberry mousse that is slightly sweet and sour.
Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-03A/04, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Fat Belly’s opening hours: Sun-Thur 6pm to 10pm (last order at 9:30pm), Fri-Sat 6pm to 11pm (last order at 10pm)
Sugarhaus’ opening hours: Sun-Thur 11am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 11pm (last order for hot dishes at 5pm, last order for dessert and drinks at 15 minutes before closing)
Tel: 6314 2247
2. My Cozy Corner
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Tucked away in a corner of Coronation Shopping Plaza, My Cozy Corner has been selling their renowned popiah since 1988. As someone who once studied along Bukit Timah Road for six years, I would often order the popiah ($2.50) after school to satisfy my cravings. The popiah is always packed tightly with ingredients, including crispy garlic bits that add a crunch to it. Beneath the thin layer of skin is fragrant chilli sauce that never fails to add a kick. My Cozy Corner sells other classic dishes such as Mee Siam ($5) and Laksa ($5) as well.
Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 7:30pm, Sun 11am to 4pm
Tel: 6463 8286
3. LeWu Cafe
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Located a stone’s throw away from Botanic Gardens MRT Station is a hidden gem – LeWu Cafe. Although this may appear to be an unassuming stall, LeWu Cafe sells delectable Thai dishes such as Pad Thai ($10) and Basil Pork Rice ($9). The dishes offer value for money given the big portions. If Thai food isn’t your thing, they serve Western fare as well. They also offer affordable student meals from $5 that will definitely not break the bank.
Address: 551 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269692
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:45pm
Tel: 8228 7394
4. The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough
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Hidden in Serene Centre, The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough offers a variety of baked goods. From toasts to bagels and brownies, carb enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice! Their famed sourdough loaves ($5 to $8) are known for being dense yet moist and moreish. Other highlights include their pizzas ($18 to $22) that are only sold on Sundays from 3pm to 6pm. Pizza lovers, do remember to pre-order their pizzas every Wednesday as they dish out a limited amount every week!
Address: 10 Jalan Serene, #01-05, Serene Centre, Singapore 258748
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8am to 6pm
Tel: 9816 6251
5. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
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Nasi lemak lovers will definitely be familiar with Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak. You can get the Full House ($4.50), which consists of an egg, fried chicken wing, otah, ikan bilis, basmati rice and fragrant sambal chilli. PM Lee personally hosted Indonesian President Joko Widodo here in 2014, and the Sultan of Brunei will never fail to dapao this nasi lemak when he is in Singapore! Be prepared to queue as there is always a long line at the stall.
Address: 2 Adam Road, #01-02, Adam Road Food Centre, Singapore 289876
Opening hours: Sat-Thur 7am to 5pm
6. The Affogato Bar
If you are looking for a cosy cafe to have dessert at, make your way down to The Affogato Bar. This cafe serves up decadent affogato desserts. Chocolate and coffee lovers will love their specials such as La Opera ($15.90) and Death by Chocolate ($14.90). The latter consists of a scoop of chocolate sorbet, brownie chunks, and chocolate pieces, accompanied by a glass of aromatic espresso.
Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04B, Cluny Court, Singapore 5258748
Opening hours: Daily 8:00am to 11:00pm
Tel: 9238 9005
7. Curry Wok
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Curry Wok is a homey place for you and your friends to have zi char along Bukit Timah Road. Their traditional dishes are a hit among both working adults and students due to their affordable prices. Share their Braised Pork Knuckle ($26) or Curry Fish Head ($26) with your clique and end off the meal with a bowl of refreshing Aloe Vera with White Fungus ($4).
Address: 5 Coronation Road, #01-04, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Mon 11am to 9pm, Wed-Sun 11am to 9pm
Tel: 6464 8878
8. Yong Chai Chicken Rice
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Bukit Timah is known for being an atas neighbourhood with expensive food. However, there are many affordable options that are suitable for those on a budget as well! Located right beside Curry Wok is another zi char contender – Yong Chai Chicken Rice. Besides chicken rice, they serve other zi char dishes such as Stir-Fry Prawn Omelette ($6) and Hor Fun ($4.50). The dishes have a strong wok hei taste, and do look out for the chef who cooks the dishes skillfully over a large flame.
Address: 5 Coronation Road, Coronation Arcade, Singapore 269406
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 6pm
Tel: 6468 9859
9. Simply Bread
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There are several bakeries near Botanic Gardens MRT Station and Simply Bread is one that is not to be missed. Once you enter the shop, you will be pleasantly greeted by the aroma of baked goods wafting in the air. My personal favourite is their Sticky Buns ($1.85 each). The fluffy buns are coated evenly with thick cinnamon glaze. Even so, these goodies aren’t overly sweet, making them a great afternoon treat. If you aren’t a fan of desserts, do try their bread loaves, which are very popular!
Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-07, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9pm
Tel: 6763 2628
10. Hom Aroy Thai Food
Originally located at a market in Toa Payoh, Hom Aroy Thai Food opened their second branch last year at Coronation Plaza. Nestled in a corner at level three, they serve up a variety of Thai dishes. Try their delicious Pineapple Fried Rice ($6) for a filling meal. Their Thai Green Curry ($8) is creamy and smooth, making it a great addition to the rice. Pair it with a refreshing glass of Thai Milk Tea ($1.50) to soothe your throat while digging into their spicy Tom Yum Soup ($8).
Address: 587 Bukit Timah Road, #03-01, Singapore 269707
Opening hours: Mon 10:30am to 8pm, Wed-Sun 10:30am to 8pm
Tel: 9727 7446
A variety of food at Botanic Gardens
The next time you are around Botanic Gardens and don’t know where to eat, fret not! There are many options for you to choose from and you will definitely find something suitable for your taste buds.